While there’s still plenty of doubt over the legitimacy of Henry Cejudo’s retirement from active competition, “Triple C” and UFC made it official on Monday that he is no longer the bantamweight champion.
The latest edition of the official UFC rankings saw both flyweight and bantamweight listed without a titleholder. Cejudo previously vacated the flyweight title in his move up to bantamweight earlier this year, but when Deiveson Figueiredo beat Joseph Benavidez in a bout for the vacant title, Figueiredo missed weight and was ineligible to become champion.
Cejudo scored a mildly controversial knockout of Dominick Cruz in the co-main event of UFC 249 on May 9. Following the fight, Cejudo made the shocking announcement that he planned to retire from active competition. Many fans, media members and fellow fighters claimed the move was likely a negotiating tactic, as Cejudo has made his desire to make more money very clear in recent months. Cejudo had talked about a list of fighters he wanted to defeat to build his legacy ahead of the fight with Cruz, which included a long-desired bout with Jose Aldo.
The UFC’s move to officially have the title vacated — a move confirmed by MMA Fighting and ESPN — shows that they plan to proceed with their plans as though Cejudo’s retirement is permanent.
Dana White has stated the promotion plans to have Petr Yan as one of half of a summer fight for the now-vacant championship. His opponent and the exact date of that title fight have not yet been confirmed.